2014 MLB Free Agency: 5 Teams Most Likely to Spend Big Money
Five Teams To Spend Big This Offseason
Of the major sports in the U.S., baseball is the one with the highest payrolls.
The fact that there’s no salary cap like in the NBA or NHL, and the number of nine-figure contracts that are given out each year are only two reasons why the offseason is so competitive between teams. There are usually bidding wars to land the top players available, and although some teams are always linked to the big names, a few are always expected to spend more than their rivals.
This offseason, there are five teams that are all but slated to make a splash in free agency. Whether it is because they want to make a statement in a rebuilding process or are looking to turn things around after a losing season, money is going to be a huge factor in these team's quests to fill holes in their lineups.
There’s another case of big spending teams as some owners are just used to do business that way. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, you can get the two complete opposite sides of the spectrum in the same city, which could lead to a bidding war between rivals just to see who’s the bigger team.
There could be several reasons to open the wallet in the offseason but whatever it might be, these five teams mentioned in the slideshow are expected to put some big bucks out there in their pursuit of free agents.
Without further ado, join me through this slideshow as we check the five teams that could be opening their wallets in the MLB free agency period headed towards the 2014 season.
5. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are entering their third year on a rebuilding stage, and there’s trust in the organization that this season they might turn the corner in terms of winning percentages. But in order for that to happen, Theo Epstein and company need to start opening their wallets. The Cubs are rumored to be interested in both Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, arguably the top two outfielders in the market, as well as Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka. These three players are projected to receive huge paychecks.
4. Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox already started their spending process as they landed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu on a $68 million deal that has received some mixed reviews in the industry. With several salaries off the books this offseason like Paul Konerko and Jake Peavy, the White Sox could be major players in free agency as they have several holes to fill and money available to spend.
3. New York Yankees
The Bronx Bombers have arguably the top free agent this summer in Robinson Cano, and he’s asking around $300 million to re-sign, so they will need to open their wallet if the aim is to extend him. They already made a splash with manager Joe Girardi and might use free agency to tune up their lineup as well, so they should be another team willing to spend heavily as they have virtually no talent in the minors that could be considered to be MLB ready.
2. Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels always have the same story; owner Arte Moreno says there’s no money to spend and that they would approach free agency quietly but at the same time, they start handing out big contracts like they did with Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton. They should continue their trend this offseason as there are several big names available.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
After their turnaround that saw them go from being one of the worst teams in baseball in early June to end up playing in the NLCS in October, the Los Angeles Dodgers proved that you can build a team with a high payroll. The team’s ownership is not afraid to spend when needed and since they’re considered front-runners to land Masahiro Tanaka and have been linked with several big names, expect them to spend once again this offseason.